How to Apply for the Adjunct PhD Program

We seek doctoral candidates working in the Bremen Social Sciences with innovative, interdisciplinary research topics who are interested in the exchange with other PhD Fellows at BIGSSS and whose dissertation research project relate to BIGSSS’ umbrella theme Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration.

We welcome applications at any time of the year. Admission to the Adjunct Program is on a rolling basis.



Doctoral candidates who work in the Bremen Social Sciences and have a BIGSSS faculty member as supervisor are eligible for applying as BIGSSS adjunct fellow.

(Please note: if you are not employed at either the University of Bremen or Constructor University Bremen, you must first be accepted as a PhD candidate to be eligible to apply.)

The dissertation research project should be related to BIGSSS’ interdisciplinary umbrella theme Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration, and particularly to one of the focal points in Global Governance and Regional Integration (Political Science), Welfare State and Inequality (Political Science, Sociology), and Diversity and Socio-Cultural Contexts (Psychology, Sociology and Political Science).

To allow all of our fellows to engage into mutual discussions with other fellows and BIGSSS faculty and staff, English language proficiency at the level of C1 is required. However, the PhD thesis may be written in English or German.

As a graduate school, we are interested in supporting the entire doctoral process. Therefore, applicants are strongly advised to apply for the Adjunct Program when they are still at the beginning of their PhD project. We are convinced that the earlier PhD candidates join us with their projects, the more they will benefit from what BIGSSS has to offer.


Application Procedure & Documents

Please submit your application for the Adjunct PhD Program via email to in one single PDF file. (For this, you can use a free version of the PDFCreator).

Applications can be submitted any time of the year (rolling admissions). After handing in a complete application, we need approximately four to six weeks to review it. You will be informed about the decisions and, if your application is successful, about the further procedure.

Application Documents

  1. Personal information form (free text - pdf)
  2. Curriculum vitae (free text - pdf)
  3. Letter of support by first supervisor (free text - pdf)
  4. Preliminary dissertation proposal (optional, free text - pdf)
  5. Certification of English proficiency (optional, scan - pdf)

Please find a detailed guideline on application material for download here.

 If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Officer (